London, United Kingdom:
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is a “failure of the international community,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Monday.
“We all know that Afghanistan is not done yet. It is an unfinished problem for the world and the world must help it,” he told the BBC.
The former British army officer said last week that US President Joe Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had struck a “rotten deal” with the Islamist militants that allowed their return.
He maintained that the 20-year intervention of US-led troops in Afghanistan was “not a waste, it was not for nothing”, but accused the Western powers of being short-sighted on policy issues.
“If it’s a failure, it’s a failure of the international community not to realize you can’t fix things overnight,” he said.
“I’m afraid that when you deal with a country like Afghanistan, which has 1000 years of history effective and civil war, you get the problems under control and you may have to manage it for 100 years.
“It’s not something you just rock, rock and expect something to get resolved.”
Wallace also said that “failing to recognize that military power alone” could not completely solve the situation in Afghanistan.
“Half the mission itself… was completely successful,” he said, pointing to the removal of the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 attacks and the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, leaving the world a safer place. became.
But “that doesn’t mean the next 20 years will be the same,” he added, echoing concerns about the impact of the hardline group’s resurgence on global security.
Britain withdrew the majority of the 750 remaining troops in Afghanistan last month but announced last week that 600 soldiers would return to assist with the repatriation.
Wallace told Sky News that 370 embassy staff and British citizens flew out on Saturday and Sunday, and 782 Afghans are set to leave in the next 24 to 36 hours.
Officials are aiming to evacuate 1,200 to 1,500 people a day from Afghanistan, he added.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Britain will help some 3,000 nationals to leave.
Senior politicians and military leaders have strongly criticized the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.
Parliament was recalled on Wednesday to discuss the situation, including asylum and support for Afghan nationals who have fled.
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